Posted in Getting to College, Help Yourself

Want to Learn More About Scholarships?

A scholarship is a monetary award for a student to use for their college education. Scholarships are awarded based upon a number of different criteria decided by the person, group, or organization giving the award. Scholarship money is not paid back, it is a gift.

There are a number of different types of scholarships awarded to students from countless organizations. The gifted amount can be very small, just a few dollars, to very large, the entire tuition is paid.

There are many places to look for scholarship money but beware of scams. Never pay money to receive a list of scholarships and always be careful with your personal information. Big Future offers a site to find scholarship money, click here to check it out.

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Posted in Awesome Articles, Class Life, Getting to College, Help Yourself

Getting Ready to Take the SAT

Khan Academy has one mission–To provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

The newest way Khan Academy is trying to help others is with a free SAT prep.

The SAT is a test that 11th and 12th graders take.  The results of that test are used by colleges to gauge how well a student will do in college.  Some colleges require a certain score on the SAT to be accepted to that school.

8th-grade AVID students are incredibly lucky, they get to take a practice version, called the PSAT, this April.  Khan Academy has teamed up with the company that gives the practice version of the SAT to help students practice for the real test.

By creating a partnership with the College Board, Khan Academy can get access to students’ PSAT test scores to help create a learning program exclusively for the student and it is all free.  If students take advantage of lessons it is possible to raise SAT scores.  Those raised SAT scores may help students get into college.

Kahn Academy hopes that this program will make getting into college more fair for everyone.  Click here to start your SAT practice lessons.

Posted in Awesome Articles, Careers, Class Assignment

10 Best Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree

Kiplinger analyzed 784 occupations and found 10 of the best high-paying jobs in expanding fields that don’t require a college degree.

1. Commercial pilot

Total number of jobs: 41,382
Job growth, 2005-2015: 3.1% (All jobs: 5.3%)

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 13.6% (All jobs: 11.0%)

Median annual salary: $75,183 (All jobs: $43,430)

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

2. Electrical power-line installer

Total number of jobs: 120,059
Job growth, 2005-2015: 11.4%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 12.7%

Median annual salary: $66,279

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

3. Service sales representative

Total number of jobs: 951,019
Job growth, 2005-2015: 2.6%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 15.5%

Median annual salary: $51,971

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

4. Plumber

Total number of jobs: 455,459
Job growth, 2005-2015: 0.3%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 16.7%

Median annual salary: $51,228

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

5. Aircraft assembler

Total number of jobs: 40,582
Job growth, 2005-2015: 26.9%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 15.8%

Median annual salary: $49,762

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

6. Industrial machinery mechanic

Total number of jobs: 336,616
Job growth, 2005-2015: 9.9%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 19.0%

Median annual salary: $49,150

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

Read more: 10 best jobs of the future

7. Machine tool programmer

Total number of jobs: 25,737
Job growth, 2005-2015: 12.4%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 24.2%

Median annual salary: $49,013

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

8. Computer user support specialist

Total number of jobs: 654,008
Job growth, 2005-2015: 18.0%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 19.2%

Median annual salary: $48,437

Typical education: Some college

9. Mechanical insulator

Total number of jobs: 32,039
Job growth, 2005-2015: 13.5%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 32.6%

Median annual salary: $47,807

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

10. Surgical technologist

Total number of jobs: 104,199
Job growth, 2005-2015: 25.7%

Projected job growth, 2015-2025: 22.7%

Median annual salary: $45,750

Typical education: Postsecondary non-degree award

Posted in Colleges

More Americans Are Attending College

The Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education released its first report.  Check out some of what they learned about today’s two and four-year colleges.

  • Almost 90% percent of students who graduate from high school attend college within eight years.
  • But only 40% of students complete a bachelor’s degree in four years and 60% graduate in six years.
  • At two-year colleges, 29% of students graduate in three years.
  • In 2015, 50% of women aged 25-29 had a bachelor’s degree; 41 percent of men did.
  • 72% of Asian, 54% of white, 31% black and 27% Hispanic students aged 25-29 had earned an associate degree or higher
  • 50% of high school students have to take remedial classes because they are not prepared for college.
  • 28% of two-year college students who took remedial classes earned a degree in 8.5 years.
  • In 2012, about 50% of students took out loans to pay for college.
  • In 2014, 52% of low-income high school graduates immediately enrolled in college; 81% of high-income graduates did the same.
  • 85% of students who graduate from high school have taken some kind of post-high school classes before turning 30.

Want to Read the entire article?  Click here!

Posted in Class Assignment, Colleges

Want to Go to A Good School?

Money Magazine rated the top 711 schools in the United States.  That ranking was based on three different criteria.

  1. The quality of education which includes how quickly students graduated, how the students and professors evaluated the school and the financial well-being of the school itself.
  2. Affordability which means the amount of debt students acquire for attending the school, the value of the degree a student earns, and the affordability of the school for low-income students.
  3. The outcome which is to say the amount of money a graduate makes, if the school’s reputation actually helps the student get a job, and if the student’s job helps them move from one socio-economic class to another.

 

Below are all of the colleges in California that were ranked by Money Magazine.

4.  University of California-Berkeley

 

Want to see the entire list?  Click here!

Posted in Awesome Articles

UC School Rankings

University of California, Berkely

Ranked #4 out of top 150 universities in the world

 

University of California, Davis

Ranked #55 out of top 150 universities in the world
School of Management: Ranked #42
School of Education: Ranked #36
College of Engineering: Ranked #34
School of Law: Ranked #39
School of Medicine: Ranked #45
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing: Ranked #52

University of California, Irvine

Ranked #47 out of top 150 universities in the world
Paul Merage School of Business: Ranked #44
School of Education: Ranked #25
Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Ranked #37
School of Law: Ranked #28
School of Medicine: Ranked #48

University of California, Los Angeles

Ranked #12 out of top 150 universities in the world
Anderson School of Management: Ranked #15
School of Education and Information Studies: Ranked #3
Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science: Ranked #16
David Geffen School of Medicine: Ranked #11

University of California, Riverside

A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management: Ranked #93
Graduate School of Education: Ranked #72
Bourns College of Engineering: Ranked #67

University of California, San Diego

Ranked #14 out of top 150 universities in the world
Rady School of Management: Ranked #82
Department of Education Studies: Ranked #62
Jacobs School of Engineering: Ranked #13
School of Medicine: Ranked #18

University of California, San Francisco

Ranked #18 out of top 150 universities in the world
School of Medicine: #4
Note: UCSF school of nursing was in the top 10 for all nursing programs, but due to an administration “oversight” the school was not included in the ranking, according to the University of California.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Ranked #41 out of top 150 universities in the world

 

University of California, Santa Cruz

Ranked #93 out of top 150 universities in the world
Education Department: Ranked #101
Jack Baskin School of Engineering: Ranked #85
Posted in Colleges, Getting to College

ACT

More and more kids are taking the ACT.  What is the ACT?  It is a test used by many colleges as a type of college entrance exam.  It is similar to the SAT, however, the difference is the SAT is mostly Math and English, whereas the ACT includes questions from Math, English, Science and Social Studies.  I was once told that AVID students typically do better on the ACT than the SAT.  In the last few years, students have been able to take both tests and choose which test results to give prospective colleges based on the scores they recieve.  All 8th graders at Sussman Middle School will be able to take a practice exam this November.  Downey United School District believes that the more students practice, tbe better their results will be.

Want to learn more?  Check out this article that I found a few months ago about students taking the ACT.